Washington Redskins Unheralded Players: ILB Zach Vigil
By Ian Cummings
Vigil came into the league in 2015 as an undrafted free agent out of Utah State. He saw significant action in his rookie year, playing in all sixteen games as a minor contributor.
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A jump was expected from Vigil in his second year, but he failed to impress. A combination of injuries and inconsistent play hindered his efforts to latch onto a roster spot, and on December 19th, 2016, he was waived by the Dolphins.
The Redskins took in Vigil a day later, compensating for the corresponding loss of special teamer Houston Bates to injury. He took Bates’ role as a special teams player for the remaining two games of the season, and ever since, he has been one of the many unheralded players on the roster, one of the many who could surprise.
Vigil will likely compete for a job as a reliable special teams player. He has two years of experience, and his 6-foot-2, 240 pound frame allows him to lock down returns. However, as we’ll see in the next slide, with further development, Vigil could develop into an even more essential contributor.